Well, a campaign to bring fibre to the village was kicked off back in 2008.  This week, we’ve seen the first visible signs that we were actually going to get it.  Back on Tuesday, BT contractors turned up to prepare the footings for the new DSLAM on the grass next to the footpath by Manor Farm.  By this morning (9th Feb 2017) the concrete had hardened and the site was deserted.

These are the footings with the earth for the power supply for the DSLAM cooling fan at the bottom left. We guess the power itself goes in to the bottom right and the 3 larger pipes are to carry the connections between the DSLAM and the old copper wires on the little pillar to the right of the second photo.  We’ve no idea what the middle pipe is – a drain perhaps.

By lunchtime, a shiny new DSLAM had been installed and a very nice Welsh chap was busy installing the ducting for wires, fibre optic cable and the power supply.  He reckoned all this would be completed by this evening.

It’s all a bit empty yet and a fibre-guru has to work his magic by knitting the fibre into the little blue trays.  That’s going to take a little while.  Then its all got to be tested and commissioned before it can go live. Of course to do all this you actually need to have the fibre to play with.  So, having saved the best bit of news to last, here it is; the fibre. All ready and waiting for the next phase of the work

 

Comments (7)

  • Olivia Dutton

    Woohoo! Great news.

  • William FG

    That’s sounds amazing. When will village go fully live?
    How can I get Campsite & Summerfield connected?
    If I can I would relocate Fox Grant to site as I have PP for B1 Offices. WFG

  • William FG

    PS what upload and download speed are they saying that will give?

  • Council Administrator

    It’s a bit early to say exactly when it will go live, but we would anticipate the work being completed in the next month or two. No idea of the upload or download speeds we might get. A lot will depend on the fibre from here to Shrewton and a few other factors. We would assume that those living within a few telephone line metres (not as the crow flies) from the box on the A303 should be getting 50Mbps. Those on the furthest reaches of the telephone lines ought to see around 24Mbps, but no-one is guaranteeing anything for the moment.

    If you wanted to connect the Campsite and Summerfield to the Shrewton exchange, I guess you would need to speak the the BT Business people in the first instance: https://btbusiness.custhelp.com/
    and ask them. I suspect they would want to charge you to run a cable from the nearest point with spare capacity (Till House or Church Cottage perhaps?). You might still get 15-20Mbps. Of course, they will also (for a fee) run fibre from the DSLAM to your premises.

  • Richard Watts

    This is fantastic news for the village!

    As a lucky villager who will no doubt benefit from this, I would just like to pass on my gratitude and appreciation to all of those involved over the years who have worked tirelessly to finally make this a reality. Well Done!

    • Olivia

      Hear hear! Thank you, Richard, for speaking on behalf of us all.

  • John Summerhayes

    IT appears to me from the above that the new fibre cables have been laid from the Shrewton exchange to the village. Can someone confirm that please?

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